Four months ago I travelled to US (my 3rd time visit) from India. I always have that aerophobia just before and during flying but it has grown exponentially when the American Airlines flight took-off from UK (connecting flight) that shook a lot on runway and making lot of noise from inside (probably the cabinet doors). This made me very scare because I never had such experience and after it tookoff into the air it was shaking a lot and moving slightly up and down, may be because of heavy wind. I was so scared and thinking there could be something wrong. My BP raised when I saw lady sitting next to me. While I was trying to stay calm and act like normal, looking at her facial expressions it gave me strong feeling that something is wrong and I was watching outside from the window and then flight took a sudden turn to the left which I felt like the plan going to crash and again that body language of women sitting next to me multiplied my anxiety.
It took me nearly one hour for me to settle down. I drunk 4 pegs of whisky and went to semi-sleep for around 6 hours. Every time plane shook I said to my self "If flight crashes, I am not going to get injuries or handicapped, I will only die". I could not forget this experience even after I reached home in US, for nearly 1 month I use to get nervous about thinking of flying back. I even avoided Dallas-Vegas-Dallas trip by flight by convincing my friends that it would be fun.
I managed to settle my self only after I half-travelled back to India and said "Nothings gonna happen, thousands of flights fly everyday".
Are there any techniques people adopt for controlling this fear? While travelling back I noticed a crew member closed her eyes at the time of takeoff and landing. Does it help anyway? Was that bad experience for sitting on the last second row?